TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for April 15 – April 21, 2013


We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The Galaxy S 4 release dates for U.S. carriers were finally revealed and the Motorola X continues to keep us intrigued. Speaking of intriguing, Google Glass Explorer Editions are starting to roll. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.


How to securely lock your phone while using Facebook Home as your launcher

How to get your status bar back full time with Facebook Home

How to turn off Facebook Home and go back to your stock launcher

How to set up and use BlinkFeed on Sense 5 with the HTC One

Sense 5: All the changes you need to know

Hands on Tutorial: Sense 5 camera, HTC Zoe, and Video Highlights


Mr. Eyes [Sports & Puzzles]

MyPermissions [Tools]

Nexus 10 Book Cover Review


Samsung announces official accessories for Samsung Galaxy S 4

Logitech Harmony Hub will turn your Android smartphone into a WiFi universal remote control

MOGA Pro controller now available online, retail availability coming in May

Pitch in to make this Nexus 4 crowd funded dock a reality

Apps – New

Companion app for Google Glass, “MyGlass” arrives in Google Play Store

Dungeon Hunter 4 Goes Live on Google Play Store

Twitter Music officially released, Android app still in the works

Gameloft shows off Iron Man 3 gameplay with new trailer

Anthill Hits Google Play Store In The Form Of A Strategic Tower “Trail” Defense Game (Video)

Google Play Store receives very minor update, starts rolling out to users

Google wants to put the power of donation in your hands with One Today

Apps – Updates

New tools available in latest OfficeSuite 7 update

Falcon Pro gets major update and brings plenty of new goodies along for the ride

Free VOIP calls between Facebook users now made available around the world through its Messenger app

Twitter to kill off TweetDeck application on May 7th


Sprint 4G LTE now available in 21 new markets

Verizon to make a special announcement on May 22nd


Android Originally Built For Cameras, Says Co-Founder Andy Rubin

Android Activations To Hit One Billion By End Of Year, Says Eric Schmidt

Google’s Eric Schmidt hints at “phenomenal” Android-based devices

Google Search on mobile devices gets updated to bring even more functionality, continues to make life a little easier for all in the process

Google Fiber officially coming to Provo, UT

Google Play Service may be working on a full-fledged gaming network behind the scenes

Larry Page talks future Motorola devices in Google’s earnings call, pleased with upcoming phones

Google Glass

Google Glass Explorer units now ready to begin shipping

Google releases Mirror API to developers, complete with documentation and code examples

eBay listing currently shows a developer edition of Google Glass up for sale, for the person who has lots of money to spend that is

Google Glass Explorer Edition unboxing videos hit YouTube

Google reserves right to deactivate Explorer Edition Google Glass devices

Larry Page confirms that Android does indeed run Google Glass

Google TV

ASUS Qube becomes the Cube and is now available for pre-order

Phones – ARCHOS

ARCHOS launches 4 new devices for European markets

Phones – HTC

HTC One Hitting T-Mobile April 24, Reveals Leaked Photo

Pink HTC Butterfly to grace Taiwan market

T-Mobile confirms HTC One’s April 24th release date

HTC One Developer Edition delayed along with 32GB unlocked version

HTC M4 expected to feature full metal chassis and arrive June

HTC unveils the economical Desire L for Taiwan

Phones – Motorola

Motorola Plans to Appeal to Wider Audience with Their New Line of ‘Sweet Spot’ Smartphones

Motorola X Phone might come in 20 colors

Phones – Nexus

Nexus 4 with 32GB of storage, LTE/CDMA, and Key Lime Pie could be revealed at Google I/O

Phones – LG

Verizon getting the LG Optimus L3 as part of its prepaid lineup

Phones – Pantech

Pantech Vega Iron is official, features 5-inch 1080p display with a very small bezel

Phones – Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Lands on Telus April 27th

Samsung Galaxy S 4 shows up on AT&T website with April 30 ship date

Verizon Galaxy S 4 Confirmed Through Official Samsung Announcement

Samsung Galaxy S 4 officially confirmed by Sprint and T-Mobile

U.S. Cellular opens Samsung Galaxy S 4 pre-orders, offers S View flip cover deal

Samsung to ship as many as 10 million Galaxy S 4 units during the initial launch, 30 million units within the first 3 months

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini now pushed back to July

New leak suggests Samsung could have big changes on the horizon for upcoming mobile phones

Phones – Sony

Sony planning to expand retail footprint amongst successful Sony Xperia Z sales

Phones – Xiaomi

Xiaomi Plans To Ship 15 Million Phones In 2013, Expand Beyond Asia


HP Slate 7 tablet confirmed for arrival in the UK on May 1st

Samsung Roma will be LTE-equipped tablet with Nexus 10 specs


Verizon’s Droid DNA gets updated to fix SIM card detection


J.P. Morgan upgrades HTC to “neutral”

DISH Network targets Sprint with competing $25.5B bid to trump SoftBank offer

Various reports indicating that Samsung’s flexible display will be delayed

Amazon Appstore expanding to 200 new countries

New “power felt” fabric could power your phone and more

The Eye Tribe officially launches its eye control technology, also confirms developer SDK will arrive in June

10,000 game developers now on board with OUYA

Samsung and Apple file joint document for upcoming 2014 trial 





About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.